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This year has been all about face masks – both the type for protection and the type for pampering. But which beauty versions are worth spending your money on?
You’ll find all the answers here in our Real Beauty Awards results, where all the accolades are given purely on the reviews of our real women testers.
The OK! beauty team chose the most promising-sounding new face masks, from traditional gels and creams to sheet masks. Each mask on our shortlist was then sent to five women to try and tell us what they thought.
Only the masks that truly impressed our testers were then given a Real Beauty Award.
We were looking for masks that instantly gave skin the look and feel of a flash facial, then kept it boosted for days, not mere minutes.
Here are the products our testers loved the most…
WINNER: Garnier Nutri Bomb Coconut and Hyaluronic Acid Milky Tissue Mask, buy it here for £2.99
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This bargain buy impressed on so many levels. All our testers said it was easy to use, and gave lovely results, with four out of five getting compliments on their glowy complexion.
Tester says: “My skin felt soft, had an amazing glow and looked plumped and so much younger. I felt I had just had a very expensive facial. My skin felt moisturised for the whole week and I even found I didn’t have to wear my usual amount of makeup as my skin was so dewy. I had quite a few comments from family about how glowing my complexion was.”
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Beauty Pie Japanfusion Uji Tea Leaf Sheet Mask, buy it here for £5.20 (members’ price)
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From the “premium beauty at cost price” club, this mask made an impressive visible difference.
Tester says: “Skin was immediately smooth, hydrated and plumped and appeared brighter. My make up went on like a dream and stayed on longer during the day due to the hydrating quality the mask gave my skin. I’ve had numerous people tell me my skin appeared more luminous and that I must look after my skin well. They couldn’t believe it was from a mask!”
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A solid performer that impressed testers with hydrating benefits that carried on long after the mask was peeled off.
Tester says: “As soon as the mask was on I felt relaxed. It was like a real treat. It’s cool and makes my skin feel refreshed, clean and very soft. I really felt my skin looked brighter and more even. My daughter said my skin looked good for my age and felt smooth.”
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WINNER: Byonik High Energy Ultimate Cellular Power Mask, buy it here for £79
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The Byonik salon treatment has a host of celebrity fans, and this at-home product certainly gave a spa-worthy feel to our delighted testers.
Tester says: “My skin felt wonderful. My skin looked younger, and I felt like I’d had a facial without the cost!! I look forward to my three times a week treat! My daughter commented on how much my skin was glowing and she didn’t know I was using this product! 10/10.”
HIGHLY COMMENDED: L’Occitane Precious Overnight Mask, buy it here for £52
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This overnight facial was loved by all our testers, with everyone rating the instant effects as “very good”.
Tester says: “Instantly my skin felt hydrated and moisturised, over time I noticed a difference in the texture and look of my skin. My skin looked more even and toned and also radiant. I feel more confident about not wearing make-up because my skin is now looking a lot better.”
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Syrene Aqua Hydrating Masque, buy it here for £70
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This easy-to-use mask provided far more benefits than merely moisturising, according to our testers.
Tester says: “My skin inhaled this mask. It’s rich, smells amazing and leaves my skin looking plump and fresh. My partner was 100% convinced that I’d had Botox or an acid peel. My colleagues and friends commented on how fresh my skin looked – finally it was dewy, plump and hydrated.”
PS: If you like the sound of our masks, you’ll find a selection of them in our incredible giveaway, where three lucky people will each win £1,800 of skincare from The Real Beauty Awards! Enter it here.
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